Sutab Sukuojai, the new head of the Pattaya Baht Bus Co-operative laid out his plans and policies to the members and Banglamung District officials– launching a committee tasking investigation on baht bus drivers violating traffic laws at the co-op’s Pattaya office June 28th.
Surprising many baht bus drivers in Pattaya on the crack down, it has been announced that expats and/or tourists that are standing on the back of the baht bus or even standing inside will be banned; whom ever violate this law can be charged up to 3,000 baht though it is still unclear whether the fine is the responsibility of the driver or the person standing on the back is being charged–likely both on similar charges. This ban has taken place immediately and effectively — police have begun to fine people standing on the back.
Removing the standing areas and the metal bars at the back of baht buses is also being looked into– reason for banning standing on the back of baht buses has been known that a huge amount of people have fallen off over the years, mostly while intoxicated and injured themselves seriously some may even be fatal. Baht bus drivers will also be told not to overcrowd buses, especially at the bus stops on second Road going to Jomtien and Naklua. Police officers will also be cracking down on drivers who overcharge tourists that do not know the bus fare or charge more during traffic hour. Drivers who violate this repeatedly and found guilty will be suspended from driving and face license revocation.